Colourful Celebrations of Mexico

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The cultural event Guelaguetza or sometimes known as Mondays on the Hill is much celebrated in Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a city in the Centro District in Central Valleys. It is right at the base of Cerro del Fortin, closed to Atoyac River. Guelaguetza is celebrated in an entire month in length. starting from the first two Mondays after 16th July. However, they do not celebrate it if it falls on 18th July. That is because it is the death date for their great leader, Benito Juarez. So during this time, you can see lots of concerts and plays being held in the month of July. Mostly there are dances from various communities performing int he hillside amphitheater.

Night of the Radishes

This happens every year on 23rd December, also in Oaxaca city but mainly int he main plaza called zocalo. For only a few hours, thousands of people will be here on this night. You will see amazing exhibitions of sculptures made from the red radish, some of which are so big that it weights three kilograms and are as long as half a meter. Professional aficionados and craftmens who are radish growers could create those nativity scenes, models of real buildings, saints in great details. Not limited to radish only, sometimes other materials like corn husks, dried flowers are used to create different creative cuttings.

Days of the Dead

This is a Mexican National holiday throughout Mexico. Family and friends gather and pray to remember their family members who have died. In Mexico, it takes place on 1st and 2nd of November. In part of the remembrance, they build private altars to honor their deceased relatives and kins with marigolds, sugar skulls and the departed’s favourite food and beverages. They also visit their graves bringing along these gifts.

Festival de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

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Celebrated on 12th December, this is when the Mexicans join together. On the day before, they will get to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City by bicycle. To see la Morenita, or Our Lady of Guadalupe, all these Mexicans filled up the 46,000 square meters monumental atrium. Some even arrive on their knees to express their devotion and gratitude when they received a favour. Inside the Basilica is a mass officiating the moment with spritiual riches and much warmth. All over the country are fiestas in Honor of Mexico’s Patron Saint.

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